4th grade reading & vocabulary
Character actions in stories | Reading
Character actions drive stories forward and reveal their personalities. By observing how characters react to situations, we learn about their motives, values, and goals. Actions can also show how characters change throughout a story. To understand characters better, look for evidence in the text and consider their thoughts and feelings.
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- So, say a girl tries to break a vase. If she tried, would that express the emotion of anger? Or, would you not be able to tell her emotions from that action? The only thing I can think of, is that she would be angry, or sad.
Example: Marsha STOMPS ( action ) to her bedroom, and SLAMS ( action ) the door.
What could her emotion be? She seems angry.
Is this a correct?(24 votes)
- I think that saying she's angry would be a logical guess as to what she is feeling, yes.
Knowing that someone simply tried to break a vase, however, I don't believe we can make a guess as to what they might be feeling, as it could be any number of emotions. Angry might be an emotion, but what if she's jealous of something? Maybe, someone she knows got a new vase that she wanted, and out of jealousy, she broke it just so this person couldn't have it? There are a lot of things we could read into here, and without context, it would be difficult to tell.
Specifics aside, yes, I think anger would be a fairly accurate guess as to what she's feeling.(17 votes)
- In the very first kingdom, Kim says they don't even nap or eat anything or drink anything.
=> Will they die if they only sit still? Anyone answer me please?(19 votes)
- yes probably because there doing nothing(8 votes)
- why are people mad about moana(13 votes)
- dude i have no clue(11 votes)
- No question I know about sarmmaries.(10 votes)
- um why are you here?(10 votes)
- this is a good video!!Up vote me if you agree with me.(14 votes)
- What happens when there are very few actions in a story?(10 votes)
- It would probably not be very good story, in that case. The story would be flat and not very interesting. There's a possibility that the story has more "thoughts" and "thinking" where the brain is doing the action, but I don't believe that there are tons of books like that. Who knows, I could be wrong!(5 votes)
- What's the horn of action? If I search it up on Google, I see completely different results.(9 votes)
- uuuuuuuuhh yea i see completely different things to(6 votes)
- In the believing video I leaned I shouldn't believe your story(7 votes)
- Do I Believe You? Do I Believe Me? The Video Tells you that Dude.(9 votes)
- never give up in reading.(8 votes)
- That’s right never give up reading.(5 votes)
- it is a new one if u look at the whole lesson path it is beta.(9 votes)
- [David] Hello, readers. Today it is a time for action. (horn blares) Yes, sound the horn of action, because today we're going to be talking about character actions in stories. Understanding what characters do is key to your success as a reader. The way characters behave towards themselves, towards others, towards objects, can tell us a lot about them and can give us clues to the larger messages in a story. Character actions are what drive a story forward. Let my co-worker Kim read you a story in which nobody takes any actions. - [Kim] Once upon a time, there was a magical kingdom in which nobody ever did anything. Nobody baked bread or called their friends on the phone or played video games or soccer or basketball or wrote books or ate yogurt. They didn't even nap. They just sat there. (Kim yawns) It was a very boring kingdom. - [David] Why, thank you, Kim. Without character action, there is no story. Let's try that again. I'll blow the horn of action and Kim you do that again, but this time let's throw in some character decisions. All right, lights, camera, horn of action. (horn blares) - [Kim] The magical kingdom of Belchantry was abuzz with activity. Bakers baked, ballers shot hoops, yogurt smiths made yogurt. The young princess Lulabell practiced her swordplay. And on a great tower on the outskirts of town an evil wizard put the finishing touches on a spell that would bring terrible darkness to the land. - [David] See, now that's a story I wanna hear. Character actions and decisions have to drive the story. It's about what characters choose to do, not just about the world around them. There could be a big, scary storm, but that's not character action. It's about how the characters react to the storm that matters, that shapes the story. What do characters do in times of trouble or when their friends need help? That's when you can learn the most about them. Actions speak louder than words, after all. What motivates these characters? Why do they act the way they act? What are the values or beliefs that drive them? What are their goals? And what does that tell us about the message of the story? Sometimes characters don't behave in the way that we expect, like villainous characters may seem nice in order to do evil things. If we think about "The Three Little Pigs." If the Big Bad Wolf is going door to door and saying, "Hello, little pig. "It's me, your new neighbor, the Small Nice Wolf. "And I brought you some cookies." If you're the pig looking out the window, you should open the door, right? Heek no! The wolf is trying to trick you, lock the door. What's interesting about looking at character actions is they can help us see how characters change throughout a story. In the film "Moana," the demi-god character Maui begins as a selfish tricky character, but by the end of the movie he's changed and he cares about Moana and helps her. We can see that because of his actions. He begins by stealing Moana's boat and stranding her on an island, and he ends by sacrificing his magic fish hook to help her. Sorry for "Moana" spoilers. Characters in stories can be complex, just like real people. The way they behave might surprise you. And if it does, ask yourself, why is this a surprise? Why is this character behaving in this way? Look for evidence throughout a text to help you understand the way characters act. If you've insight into their thoughts or feelings, that can be a great place to start. But, for now, I'm going to take action by ending this video. You can learn anything, David out.